Recipe Details

Baked Buttermilk-Brined Pork Chops

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Servings: 4


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


4 bone-in pork chops, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-thick (8 to 12 ounces each)
3 cups buttermilk
2/3 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped, OR 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground
flour, for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil

Cooking Directions

To brine pork chops, pour buttermilk into a plastic storage container or stainless-steel bowl and stir in salt until completely dissolved. Add lemon zest, rosemary and sage. Add pork chops, making sure they are completely immersed in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove chops from brine and rinse off buttermilk. Pat dry, season generously with the black pepper and dredge each chop in the flour, shaking to remove excess. Set chops aside.

In a nonstick ovenproof skillet large enough to hold all of the chops, heat oil over medium-high heat. Put chops in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn and cook 3 minutes more. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake chops for about 15 minutes or until they are firm to the touch and register145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of a chop. Remove chops to platter and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with chutney.

Serves 4.

 Adapted from “Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork,” courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers



Serving Suggestions

Adapted from “Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork,” courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers “The mild sweetness of a Honey Wheat Ale is a nice balance to the tang of the buttermilk brine and also pairs well with apple chutney, my favorite fall condiment to serve with these chops,” explains Aidells.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 453 calories
Protein: 38 grams
Fat: 29 grams
Sodium: 572 milligrams
Cholesterol: 108 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 7 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.

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It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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Pork Chops w/Herbs
by Ruth A Moyer 08/01/2010
 Delicious recipe. Marinade tenderizes the meat to perfection.